Freelance Writing Business

  • How Important are Creative Writing Degrees for Freelance Writers?

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 15, 2014
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    This morning I received the following question from Susan Brewer: "How important is it to have a bachelor's degree in Creative Writing in order to launch a writing job as a freelance writer? Or, I should say, "How helpful," is it?" I told her the short answers are "not at all," and "it depends what you want to do with […]
  • 3 Times to Lower Your Freelance Writing Rates

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 25, 2014
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    I can hear it now. "Wait. What? Jenn, for years you've been encouraging me to raise my rates. And now you're saying I should lower them?" Not exactly. Nine times out of ten, I'd still encourage the freelance writers I meet to raise their rates. But after doing some thorough and careful evaluation of my own rate experiments this year, […]
  • When Your Client’s Baby is Ugly

    By Princess Jones on August 21, 2014
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    I use the baby analogy a lot when I’m talking about freelancing. So often we freelancers forget that the project means a lot more to the client than it does to us. That’s because it’s their baby. They created--gave birth--to it. They nurtured it and put in the hard work to get it where it is today. And then they […]
  • Interview with Michael Kwan, Freelance Writer and Author

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 18, 2014
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    Let's welcome Michael Kwan, freelance writer and author of Beyond the Margins: An Indispensable Guide for First-Time Freelance Writers, Designers, and Other Work-From-Home Professionals. Michael sent me a copy of the e-book for review, and he graciously took the time to answer some of my questions. Beyond the Margins focuses on beginning freelancers and offers a well-rounded look at the choices to be made and the work […]
  • 7 Time Management Tools for Freelance Writers

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 11, 2014
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    As a freelance writer do you ever feel like you aren't working to your full potential -- that you could get more work done if you could just eliminate some distractions and improve your productivity a bit? Fortunately there are plenty of time management tools that can help you do that. Today I'd like to share some of my favorite […]
  • Quick Tip: Customize Contact Forms on Your Writer Website

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 5, 2014
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    If you have a freelance writing website to help attract prospects and convert leads, you probably have a contact page. On that page, you might even have a contact form. But are you making the most of it? If your contact form is the generic sender-subject-message style, you're not. Instead, why not turn your contact page into a better lead-generating […]
  • Quick Tip: Find Out Where You Waste the Most Time

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 29, 2014
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    In July's writing challenge, we focused on productivity. And I think a follow-up quick tip is a good way to close things out. Even if you didn't take part in this month's challenge you can use one of these techniques on your own time. The best thing you can do if you want to improve your productivity as a writer […]
  • Quick Tip: Use Media Directories to Find Freelance Writing Clients

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 15, 2014
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    For this week's quick tip, I'd like to bring up an oldie but goodie -- a tip I've been passing along to freelance writers for years, coming from my background in PR. Instead of using the same writer's market lists that most other freelancers are also using, find new prospects in media directories instead.  How Media Directories Are Different Media […]
  • Quick Tip: Promote Your Writing With a Monthly Marketing Calendar

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 8, 2014
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    Here's a quick tip about how you can more effectively promote your writing every month, whether that means marketing your freelance writing services, your books, or your blogs. Use a monthly marketing calendar. What's the Point of a Monthly Marketing Calendar? A monthly marketing calendar gives you an easy way to keep all of your marketing information on one handy […]
  • Freelance Freedom – Get My 30 Day Marketing Boot Camp – Save 40% July 4-5

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 4, 2014
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    Don't put off pursuing your freelance freedom from the 9-5 grind. Start building the foundation of the freelance career you've been dreaming about. In light of the July 4th, Independence Day holiday here in the U.S., I'm offering a special two-day deal on my 30 Day Marketing Boot Camp for Freelance Writers e-book. Through Friday and Saturday (July 4 -5th only), […]